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Jan
22

Do Gun Control Facts Support Stricter Gun Control Laws?

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Gun control facts are constantly being updated by events unfolding every day. People who read gun control articles frequently will find that these articles are replete with gun death statistics. What is the message conveyed by gun control facts? Do they support the case for a stronger gun control or strengthen the arguments of the anti gun control people? We will look into a few gun crime statistics to find an answer to this question.

Research on gun crime shows that every year about 30,000 deaths are caused by guns in the United States. We may wonder whether this figure is large or not but when we express the number of gun deaths as a ratio of the population figure of our country and compare this ratio with the figures for other countries, we will find that the US ranks worse than several other countries, for example South Africa. This is the picture presented by gun control facts.

Gun control facts also show that there is a direct correlation between the number of guns in a region and the extent of gun crime in that region. Countries that have a smaller number of guns owned by people witness a smaller number of murders. Thus the data extracted from gun control facts clearly point out the need for restricting gun ownership.

But this course of action clearly indicated by gun control facts is not to the liking of some groups that have been opposing gun control reforms. Principal among these groups is the National Rifles Association (NRA). The NRA has been using the 2nd amendment as its weapon to oppose gun control. But it is ignoring the fact that nearly 99 percent of the 2nd amendment was based on the inputs provided by people with no legal background. Some legislators supporting the stand of the NRA also seem to be turning a blind eye to gun control facts. Some of these legislators are even working towards preventing more gun control facts from coming out. They do this by writing some rules that will have the effect of preventing independent bodies like the CDC and the National Institute of Health from even studying gun violence.